Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

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2018-2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
The Emerald Coast Regional Council is pleased to present the 2018-2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) . The CEDS is a 5-year strategy to guide activity and investment to support economic growth in the ECRC region (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, and Bay counties), which is designated as an Economic Development District by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The CEDS is the result of a data-driven and participatory planning process that invites stakeholders to bring forward new project ideas and identify economic development ventures currently underway that merit ongoing community support. The CEDS is monitored annually to track implementation of the action plan and its outcomes

The current CEDS follows the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars™ framework with two additional pillars added in response to the local needs of our region.

  1. Talent Supply & Education
  2. Innovation & Economic Development
  3. Infrastructure & Growth Leadership
  4. Business Climate& Competitiveness
  5. Civic & Governance Systems
  6. Quality of Life & Quality Places
  7. Environmental Quality, Protection, and Resilience
  8. Housing
2020 Annual CEDS Update – Draft

For more information about the Economic Development, please contact staff at 850-332-7976.